Sclerosing mesenteritis is a rare condition that affects the gastrointestinal system. While it can often be managed effectively without a serious impact on a person's life, severe cases may require surgery. Though medical knowledge of the disease has increased significantly with advances in imaging technology, there is still a lot doctors do not know about sclerosing mesenteritis.
Sclerosing mesenteritis is a rare condition diagnosed in only 0.6% of the population. It affects the mesentery, the tissue membrane that surrounds and stabilizes the small intestine. The disease occurs when the membrane becomes inflamed and hardens with scar tissue. Most diagnoses of sclerosing mesenteritis are in middle-aged people, but it can develop in people of any age, including children.
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